Franciszek finds out from a doctor that his mother is on the verge of death. Unable to watch over her, he hires a village wise-woman, Palchowa, to tend to his Mother in her last moments.


Tomasz Szafranski
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Credited cast:
Zuzanna Grabowska Zuzanna Grabowska ... (as Zuzia Grabowska)
Andrzej Grabowski ... Franciszek
Stanislawa Lopuszanska Stanislawa Lopuszanska ... Mother
Krystyna Rutkowska-Ulewicz ... Palchowa (as Krystyna Rutkowska)
Beata Rybotycka Beata Rybotycka ... Black Widow
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Buddy


Once upon a time a stranger, armed with a bag full of medical instruments, appeared in a lonely house belonging to Franciszek and his Mother. His unexpected visit was short, but to the point, and when he left there was no doubt about it - Mother was dying. For good. For Franciszek this revelation is doubly painful. Mother's deadly sickness obliges him to take care of her - and that could cost him his precious job in the local slaughter-house. Fortunately there is a way out of every predicament. This specific way out is sixty years long and her name is Palchowa. You can count on her in every human misfortune. You will find her wherever there is Death a-coming, sitting close to His victims and taking care of them with all her considerable expertise. What's more, she does not charge that much - just five zlotys a day and ten zlotys a night. However, Franciszek finds fault with such a system. Why not pay wholesale for the entirety of Palchowa's services? Mother is bound to pass away any ... Written by Tomasz Szafranski

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Short | Thriller







Release Date:

13 September 2005 (Poland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Koszecin, Slaskie, Poland See more »


Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wilful Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Palchowa: People mostly die at dawn. Some, you see, just close their eyes and it's over. Sometimes one can just hear a kinda wheeze in the throat. Or there's this shudder, like there was somebody shaking you. Hands and legs get cold first. There's death in there already. And then... and then he arrives. You know who I mean. I don't wanna say his name... in vain. He always comes to take bad people. It's your turn, darling. You know, when this time comes... shortly before death... he appears in the room......
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